1000 TIMES NO Book Promo





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Uploaded on Apr 21, 2009

It's time to leave says Noah's mother, but Noah doesn't want to. "No!" he shouts. But he doesn't stop there. He tells her no in Latin, Dutch, Japanese, Tagalog, even in Robot!

Mr. Warburton, creator of Cartoon Network's Codename: Kids Next Door, outdoes himself in his debut picture book, a hilarious celebration of every toddler's favorite word.

There are many ways to say "no," and when Mom says it's time to leave, Baby Noah uses them all. The word itself is not effective, so he moves on to slang, robot-speak and pig Latin, and that's just the beginning. Simplified text, retro design and minimal line work reminiscent of Mo Willems's show Noah expressing himself adamantly in a multitude of ways. The exaggeration and laugh-out-loud humor escalates as various gestures (headshake, back turn) are attempted, and a multitude of languages (Hindi, Etruscan and Russian, to name just a few, with matching costume changes) are utilized. Other modes of communication (Morse code, text messaging, sky writing) come into play, but all fail. Then Mom points out that they are leaving to go to the playground, and Noah may have to reconsider. This clever, appealing concept is sure to be a hit with the very young; with gentle humor and a cartoon-like atmosphere, the expressive pictures beautifully capture the point of view and opinionated stance of a two-year-old who believes he knows exactly what he wants.

Pre-K Noah, with his unruly blond curls and oversize diaper, is a stubborn little fellow with a fondness for every toddler's favorite mantra: "no!" When his mother sweetly says, "It's time to leave," she is met with page after page of negation, from cowboy speak to pig Latin, Mandarin Chinese to Morse code. Gouache cartoon scenes visually reinforce Noah's multilingual vetoes, from a full-page sphinx and hieroglyphics to a small square panel with a text message. Endpapers provide identification of the languages, pronunciations, and cultures that the precocious youngster employs. Delightful fun in its theme and delivery, this story will be asked for again and again."

All right, Noah, dear. Its time to leave, says Noahs mom. Noah has other plans. No, he says. And then says it again. And again. And each time, his nos get crazier and crazier. A shattered, red-colored No! matches his rage, while a small, cursive no encapsulates his blithe obstinance. Thats just for starters:
Warburton features two nos per page, then quarters that into four nos, then nine. The goofy creativity multiplies along with the refusals—Noah says Nyet wearing a Russian hat, O-nay as a pig, Negative as a robot, Hon-Ka-Zhi from a tepee, and even uses hieroglyphics and Morse code dots and dashes. The pastels of the watercolor-and-pencil art quickly explode into a colorful chaos that concludes with the entire cast of Noahs singing Nooooooooo in a chorus. Its a lot of fun and will feel familiar to any parent up against a childs tireless opposition, and kids (maybe) will recognize their own silly stubbornness. The educational use of various languages extends the books age range a bit, too.

Learn more at: http://warburtonlabs.blogspot.com


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